Kate picks five favorite children’s stories for Camilla’s online book club


The Duchess of Cambridge has recommended five of her favorite children’s authors to the Duchess of Cornwall’s popular online book club.

Kate has revealed her love for making dens and experiencing the outdoors probably inspired one of her picks – Clive King’s Stig Of The Dump, the story of a Stone Age boy discovered by a schoolboy .

Speaking about her choice, she said: “As a child, I loved spending time outdoors, making dens, digging, discovering and making odds and ends.

Kate recorded a bedtime story for the CBeebies channel earlier this year (Kensington Palace/PA)

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“Was that why my father recommended this book to me or if this book inspired my imagination, I can’t remember, but I’ve never forgotten this brilliant book and the values ​​it he teaches.”

Princess Charlotte seems to be a fan of another of her mother’s picks – EB White’s Charlotte’s Web, the timeless story of a spider and a pig who become friends.

“An all-time classic and loved in our house for obvious reasons. It’s a charming story about friendship, loyalty and love,” Kate said.

The Duchess became the latest celebrity to record a bedtime reading for CBeebies when she told her next pick, Jill Tomlinson’s The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark, in February.

The popular book tells the story of Plop, a baby barn owl who is helped by others to gain confidence and overcome his fears.

Kate said: “I loved this book as a little girl and listening to my own children read it brought back so many wonderful memories. A heartwarming story to help children face their fears and gain self-confidence with the help of others.

Camilla’s Reading Room has proven popular with online book fans (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room is an Instagram-based resource for book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Inspired by the success of its locked reading lists shared during the pandemic in 2020, the project features new seasons of book recommendations, as well as exclusive insights from the authors themselves.

Camilla is celebrating World Book Day 2022 by launching a children’s section of The Reading Room featuring the five authors chosen by Kate.

Her picks, which appear on a new Reading Room website and Instagram hub, include Libby Walden’s Feelings, described by the Duchess as “a wonderful way to help children understand and recognize their feelings and emotions”.

Kate’s final choice is Mairi Hedderwick’s Katie Morag series, which the Duchess said was: “Fun stories for children of all ages and a great book for older children to read to younger siblings.”

“These books are filled with captivating and beautiful illustrations to accompany the text, so there’s plenty to talk about!”


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